In essence, the cruise line has been known abroad for years as Hurtigruten, and so the move to eliminate the resulting confusion with a dual name scenario is a welcome one. The Norway-based Hurtigruten is one of the oldest cruise lines in the world -- it began some 115 years ago operating steamers along Norway's fjord-lined west coast.
The company currently owns 15 ships. Most recently, Hurtigruten introduced a prototypically new design this year: the 12,700-ton, 318-passenger Fram, designed and built for exploring Greenland. Other favorites, at least in North America and the U.K., where the line is also quite popular among adventure-minded travelers, include Midnatsol, Finnmarken and Nordnorge.
--by Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor